What you need to know
- The Heat will return to Kelowna this weekend when they host the Saskatchewan Huskies (3-9) on Friday and Saturday night.
- After losing both games last weekend to UNBC, the Heat have yet to find themselves with a win dating back to November, and will look for their first win in nine tries.
- Saskatchewan has struggled for much of the year coming in with a record of 3-9 but after a win against MacEwan last weekend the sled dogs are .500 so far in 2018.
GAME TIMES (PST)
All games to be played at the Gymnasium at UBC Okanagan.
Offense finds a rhythm:
- After struggling for much of the season to score points, the Heat found its stride last Saturday night in the loss to UNBC, scoring 81 points which is the teams second best output of the season so far.
- Even with only eight players travelling due to injuries, the Heat shot a season-best 55% (31 of 56) from the field, along with 50% (12 of 24) from behind the arc.
- First year forward Jacob Stokker is coming off by far his best performance in a Heat uniform last Saturday, as he had 20 points on the night including five made three-pointers along with 70% shooting from the field in a season-high 28 minutes of playing time.
- Another Heat player to keep and eye on is guard Triston Matthews who lit up the Timberwolves on Saturday night as well. The second year player from North Vancouver set a new career high with 28 points along with eight rebounds.
Head to head with the Huskies (0-3):
- The first meeting ever between these two teams was in January of 2012, when the Huskies beat the Heat 96-67 in Saskatoon. The only meeting in Kelowna was on November 2, 2013 - a 76-68 loss for UBCO.
- The Huskies started the season 2-2 just like the Heat and have won just one game since then.
- Last weekend they were able to come away with a 82-67 win on the road against MacEwan thanks to 19 points from guard Ali Raza.
- Saskatchewan finished last season with a record of 14-6, and would lose to Calgary in the Canada West bronze medal game.
Player to watch:
- Guard Lawrence Moore is a player to keep and eye on as the teams leading scorer played two years of college basketball down in the states with the Bakersfield College Renegades prior to the Huskies. Now in his second year with Saskatchewan, the guard out of Chicago is the fifth leading scorer in the conference at 21.7 points a game. Moore is also coming off his best game of the season where he dropped 31 points last Saturday night against MacEwan, including a perfect 12-of-12 from the free-throw line.
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
Matt Forbes / F / Regina Beach, SK / 5
Trevor Severinski / F / Pitt Meadows, BC / 5